August, 28th Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


Deadline extended to: June 10th, 2013

The main goal of the CASA workshop - associated to the Thirteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2013) - is to bring together researchers from different disciplines to discuss the function of Computers as Social Actors (CASA). Social Actorship refers to systems that present social awareness and intentionality qualities, and possibly some form of embodiment. In fact, it has been shown that people apply social rules to many aspects of human-computer interaction (e.g., in [Nass, Moon, & Fogg1995, Nass, Steuer, & Tauber1994]) independently of whether or not the system are given explicitly anthropomorphic interfaces. Humans, when interacting with CASA can be led to feel empathy, and experience a diverse set of emotional reactions. On the other hand, CASA could also in a certain, perhaps limited way, show certain emotions in reaction to human emotions.
In this workshop, we aim at discussing challenges associated with “Computers as Social Actors”. We will address the development of technological components, design methodologies, and the adoption and take up of CASA solutions and services. The main emphasis is to exploit many different human-machine and human-human interaction technologies and methodologies addressing several different concrete scenarios. By discussing different approaches to social actorship deployed in concrete systems presented at the workshop, we aim to identify key characteristics of social actorship. 
The CASA Workshop opens up a new topic, and has not previously run in any other conference.
The CASA Workshop will focus on three main areas of investigation: theory, practice and market. Starting from theoretical approaches and practical evaluation of the usage of CASA systems in real settings a roadmap to market will be also provided. Particularly topics will be:
-        Theoretical aspects of CASA related to other fields of research (AI, Interaction Design,…)
-        Design and evaluation of technology for CASA
-        Demonstration of CASA systems
-        Ethical issues related to CASA systems
-        Applications for the market and relevant indications for companies

Invited Speakers: tbd

Accepted papers will be published by Springer as part of the LNAI series.